02/ Autoethnography & Anime

Zombie-looking, bike gang- violent kids is a perfect summary of this weeks film screening of the 1998 anime Akira.

Third week of live-tweeting went a little better than last week (having a total of 3 tweets during the entire boring State of Play (2013) documentary).

From my understanding, autoethnography is a research method that is used to reflect and analyse on another culture that is not your own, from your own personal experience. It makes you self-reflect on your knowledge and allows you to deepen your understanding with a wider range of political, social and cultural issues they have.

These past few weeks of learning more about the Asian culture through the different films we have watched have been unique and eye-opening for me.
Not having any real experience and knowledge about their culture and never getting into anime, watching a full 2-hour anime this week was an interesting one. The graphics, editing and filming I didn’t mind at all, as it just reminded me off classic cartoons and animated shows I used to watch. What I didn’t like was the fact that I had NO idea what was happening throughout, even though it was all in English…

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Reflecting from my live-tweets throughout the duration of the film was truly just me making references about other films and shows whilst also questioning what was happening.

Autoethnography has allowed me to see how other students personal experience and memories differ to mine as there were many other people referencing from other movies that I haven’t even seen. Watching Akira and trying not to zone out, I honestly had no idea what the plot was and could not connect any of the metaphors that whilst watching, I didn’t realise until after doing some researching, that it was also about the distressing effects of war and the results it brings with it.  I feel as though I’m a very sympathetic person and was able to really sympathise with the Japanese as this is the second movie out of the three so far I’ve watched in class that is almost like an outcry of the violent behaviour the countries were experiencing during World War II.

Coming from a European background, I haven’t had a proper encounter to the Asian culture and thus far these films that are being screened have made me do a bit of research and dig deeper into their values and beliefs and what they’re been through to really get a better understanding of it all. It truly makes me think about all the other cultures I’m not aware of and their own issues and beliefs they’re faced with.


Until next time…


-Emily G.


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